Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Get hands on with history at England’s leading Napoleonic fortress, with free annual exhibition and free return visit for every ticket purchased.

Dress up as a Napoleonic soldier, pick up a cannonball and discover the fascinating lives of past inhabitants at this 200+ year old seafront fortress.

Explore the gun platforms, parade ground, giant shipwreck sculpture and the dank dark prison cells, while you discover the many heinous crimes committed by its past prisoners.

Costumed interpreters will guide you through the lives of past soldiers, medics, wives and cooks, while special events include film showings, re-enactments, children's trails and crafts, stargazing and spooky Twilight Tours in October.

Includes a vintage styled cafe and free exhibition next door at The Pavilion, which features an annually changing exhibition from pre-historic finds to military history.  

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A man and two women dressed in Napoleonic costumes at the Redoubt FortressRedoubt Fortress © Graham Huntley
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Children playing with glasses and fake moustaches© Eastbourne Museums
A mug with a moustache in a vintage café© Eastbourne Museums

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